Dennis Rodman Returns to N. Korea to Train Basketball Team

Has also organized exhibition game with former pro players

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb. 28, 2013.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is moving forward with plans to travel North Korea next week to train the nation’s basketball team, despite the controversial execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle.

“I’m going to be the most famous person in the world when you see American people holding hands and hoping the doors can be opened,” he told the Associated Press by phone. “I’m going back for [Kim John Un’s] birthday. Special.”

Rodman also scheduled an exhibition game in January to celebrate Kim’s birthday, which will feature former yet-to-be-named professional basketball players.

The hermit nation announced the execution of Kim John Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, on Friday in Pyongyang. Jang was North Korea’s second-in-command.

Rodman, who considers Kim a close friend, scheduled the trip after first visiting in February with the Harlem Globetrotters as a part of a VICE documentary and HBO series.

[AP]

230 comments
Leigh-Ann Barde
Leigh-Ann Barde

They can have the moron, I hope they keep him so he can eventually see what's going on behind the propaganda curtain first hand

Kari Carver
Kari Carver

He needs to be locked out of the USA.

Vanusa G Chmielewski
Vanusa G Chmielewski

So many good cause to endorse, and u r goin to North Korea! U r a sick man.

Brad Everson
Brad Everson

Rodman should change his hairstyle to Kim's to show congruence

Doug Jantz
Doug Jantz

So? That still doesn't excuse this

James Housman
James Housman

Rodman will be the next one executed when his luck runs out over there

Ron Hopson
Ron Hopson

Rodman should just stay in N.K. he fits right in.

Theresa Madero
Theresa Madero

Hope he's a humanitarian that's keeping him occupied to save lives.

Heidi So
Heidi So

He should be more careful, Kim Jong Un might cut his head off for no reason...

James Paiva
James Paiva

rodman is bananas though. I wouldnt go any where near n korea. js. its cuz im white too. not happening. nope. nahh.

James Paiva
James Paiva

Yeh, he werk for the CIA, Crazy Interracial Affairs.

Paul Curtis
Paul Curtis

He probably would have been pals with Hitler too. Deplorable!

Suzy Scuderi
Suzy Scuderi

I heard that the half-time show is gonna be CRAAZY

Daniel Stuurop-Wiffen
Daniel Stuurop-Wiffen

"Sure Kim, I will train your basketball team..." After he is shown a check that is basically 1/4 of their national budget....

Simp Warden
Simp Warden

worse than a dog, if you're on the wrong side rodman.

James Price
James Price

Lets hope the team wins, or Rodman's gonna die.

Leonard Rumija
Leonard Rumija

Hopefully, he will not get in trouble. He is dealing with very dangerous and unreliable situations. He needs all the luck he can get.